Wednesday
Apr222015

How To Pick A Fence and Remain Environmentally Conscious

Sustainability

It's Earth day and we wanted to help explain how you can be environmentally consiouce during the construction of your next fence. One of the most popular types of fence material right now is PVC, or polyvinyl chloride. PVC has plenty of benefits: it's a cost effective alternative to wood or aluminum, it's lightweight and durable, it's easy to add color too, etc. All those things are great, but what if you're concerned about taking care of the earth?

PVC is a thermoplastic--a substance that loses its shape when heated, and then becomes rigid again as it cools. Heat can help shape PVC into countless useful forms. In fact, its thermoplastic properties make recycling PVC relatively easy because, with heat, this material can be reshaped for new uses. PVC and polyethylene, another plastic, are the most widely used of all thermoplastics.

Source: AmericanChemistry.com

PVC differs from many plastics in that its production not only involves oil but also contains salt, which is available in abundance.[relevant? – discuss] Recycled PVC is broken down into small chips, impurities removed, and the product refined to make pure white PVC. It can be recycled roughly seven times and has a lifespan of around 140 years.

In the UK, approximately 400 tonnes of PVC are recycled every month. Property owners can recycle it through nationwide collection depots.[68] The Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA), for example, after initially rejecting PVC as material for different temporary venues of the London Olympics 2012, has reviewed its decision and developed a policy for its use.[69] This policy highlighted that the functional properties of PVC make it the most appropriate material in certain circumstances while taking into consideration the environmental and social impacts across the whole life cycle, e.g. the rate for recycling or reuse and the percentage of recycled content. Temporary parts, like roofing covers of the Olympic Stadium, the Water Polo Arena, and the Royal Artillery Barracks, would be deconstructed and a part recycled in the Vinyloop process.

Source: Wikipedia

Thursday
Apr162015

Build A Wood Fence To Suit Your Style

Wood fencing is not limited to privacy styles.  We are able to construct all types including picket fencing, ranch rail fencing, and other decorative types.  Consult with your sales representative for more information. 863.688.1194

Tuesday
Apr142015

5 Questions To Ask Yourself If Your Fence Surrounds A Pool

www.cpsc.govIt’s spring time here in Florida and you know what that means… POOL TIME!

Pools are a great way to have fun with your family, friends, and neighbors. However, those who enjoy pools the most are those whom we want to protect the most. Children love the water, but it’s up to us to create a safe environment for them to enjoy the pool.

The Consumer Product Safety Commission has done a public service and put together guidelines for Safety Barriers around Residential Pools. While Williams Fence does not provide pool barriers, we do build fences that surround pool areas. If you're concerned about the safety your fence provides, here are some things to look for:

  1. Does your fence have a height of at least 48 inches? A young child can get over the fence if its height is too low.
  2. Does your fence gate have self-closing and self-latching devices/locks installed beyond the reach of children? These will eliminate the easiest way children can gain access to a pool from outside of the fence.
  3. For aluminum fences: Are the gaps between rails 4 inches or less? You may want to eliminate handholds and footholds and minimize the size of openings in a fence's construction.
  4. Are the horizontal members of the fence at least 45 inches apart? If the distance between the top side of the horizontal members is less than 45 inches, the horizontal members should be on the swimming pool side of the fence.
  5. For Chain Link Fences: Is the mesh size less than 1¼ inches? Again, this is to eliminate hand and footholds that children can use to climb the fence.


For an in-depth look at pool barrier guidelines click here.

Tuesday
Apr142015

How To Dog-Proof Your Fence: Tip #4

Fence Inception: Redundant Fences

 


redundant fencewww.houzz.comOur last suggestion for keeping your dog inside your fence is to use what are known as "redundant fences." These work by simply installing a second fence just inside your original fence. You don't have to put this fence on all 4 corners of your yard, just the area where your dog is having problems. For example, if you dog is snapping or biting at people through your fence near a sidewalk, simply erect a second fence behind the original. It may seem silly at first, but the headache you'll be saving makes it worth it.

Thursday
Apr092015

Link Up With A New Fence

Not all galvanized fence materials are the same.  Williams Fence Company inventories and strongly recommends True Hot-Dip Galvanized materials for all chain link fencing projects. It costs a little more, but the long term benefits largely outweigh the additional cost.  If budgets are very tight, we can provide “Pre-Galvanized” materials for your chain link fence project.  Check with your sales representative for more information. Call 863.688.1194